While Americans were celebrating Valentines Day earlier this month, pro-Democracy demonstrators in the small Arab nation of Bahrain were observing the one-year anniversary of their protests. A Santa Rosa peace activist had hoped to be there for the occasion, too, but her visit was cut short by government forces.
As has been the case in other "Arab Spring" nations, explains Santa Rosa human rights activist Linda Sartor, the unrest in Bahrain is being driven by a majority population that has been controlled and repressed by the minority that has held power for many generations.
Even on the roads and highways around the capital city of Manama, Sartor reports, there is audible evidence of the ongoing protests.
Previous North Bay Reports have covered both Linda Sartor's 2011 peace-making trip to Afghanistan, and an internal view of the pro-democratic uprising in Bahrain.